•He said he understands Government priority projects and programmes that needed to be implemented to transform the country's economy.
•"I am ready to take the country to the next level by reviving key programmes and projects that stalled including the Big Four agenda," he said.
I am still around to ensure the promises we made in 2017 are dealt with, DP William Ruto has said.
Speaking in Kericho county on Tuesday, Ruto said he is the best person to push the country's development agenda forward.
"Even though President Uhuru Kenyatta is retiring, I am still around. I will make sure that the promises we made to Kenyans in our manifesto are fully implemented," he said.
He said he understands government priority projects and programmes that needed to be implemented to transform the country's economy.
"I am ready to take the country to the next level by reviving key programmes and projects that stalled including the Big Four agenda," he said.
Ruto said promises made to Kenyans during the 2017 reelection campaign will not be shelved.
Ruto said the vision the Government had of creating jobs, empowering businesses and transforming the country under the Big Four agenda, would be implemented under the Bottom Up economic model.
"Our plans and promises of creating jobs for the youth, revamping agriculture and rolling out universal health coverage will be fulfilled under the bottom up approach if Kenyans give us the opportunity to lead the country," he said.
He said he will make available funds for businesses to ensure entrepreneurs have access to affordable credit.
"We cannot grow our economy when over 14 million kenyans are locked out of the country's economy thanks to predatory lenders," said Dr Ruto.
Present were Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, MPs Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East), Hilary Kosgei (Kipkelion West), Florence Koskey (Kericho), Beatrice Kones (Bomet East), Joseph Tanui (Kuresoi South), Joyce Korir (Bomet) and Johana Ng'eno (Emurua Dikir).
Others were Aron Cheruiyot (Kericho) Christopher Langat (Bomet), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwer, Caleb Kositany (Soy), Kipsengeret Koros (Sigowet-Soin) and Nelson Koech (Belgut).
The said they will support Ruto to ascend to power so that he can implement stalled Government projects.
The MPs said they were fronting Ruto because of his development track record and agenda for the country.
Tanui said the people of Rift Valley would rally behind Dr Ruto because of his track record and his revolutionary bottom-up economic model.
"We support you because you are a performer not because you are a Kalenjin. You track record in the ministry of agriculture and higher education is visible," he said.
Edited by CM